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A Calming Ginza Walk Piques Curiosity and Meets Practical Needs for Those with Multiple Professions A Calming Ginza Walk Piques Curiosity and Meets Practical Needs for Those with Multiple Professions
GINZA SIX EDITORS Vol.59
Town where we often go to even if Ginza visited frequently in coverage and presentation, sampling society is private. As for going out for slight fine weather feeling including meal that meet theatergoing and people in every month becoming already longtime custom a lot. Since opening of GINZA SIX, the visit to such Ginza became rich thing of variety more. Research and location hunting of plan can make value that there is not into base only here, and necessary thing can get routinely. I footwear wearing rate is high, but it is feeling of air Nara of Ginza that takes that. This "bura walk" lives by wine and beauty and meets needs of my hobby and practical use in two pairs of straw sandals of lighter ＆ sommelier to the full.
After all, it is pongee at the time of Kabuki. It is start from "Ginza TSUTAYA BOOKS", at first, the sixth-floor "bura walk" to start for feeling that is the sum after having watched part of the morning. For oneself who does not get tired even if it reads according to the common knowledge and Edo enthusiast, high-class prostitute enthusiast, book concerning Rikyu how much that select that we focused on art and design is satisfying, "oar" of Japanese culture corner is place dancing mind.
In late years we feature to Hokusai of boom on a global scale, and, at special corner, a great number of Hokusai books and goods are set with "gaifukaihare" of mt. Fuji 36 view under an alias red Fuji. There is simply because we held art talk of Hokusai in wine bar which oneself commits and takes Hokusai book in hand so that we are attracted. It is characteristic that there is excellent edition with full of plates including bangengei*do "ukiyoe artist and pupils - attracting the Hokusai - world" and "Hokusai Katsushika wanting to know more" (Tokyo Bijutsu) where is specialized in woodcut properly.
Afterwards, it is corner of free of charge tea ceremony book. As it is building and art, dishes, composite art including textile, let alone how-to book, there are really a variety of books. Probably lifework that we will continue only tea ceremony even if we do any work where. When there is novel about Rikyu study book and Rikyu and neighboring people, we buy. New book is not readily genre to appear, but written by Ijo Kumata "tea ceremony beautiful story" (shrine Zone publishing company) stays in eyes. It is collection of anecdotes that extracted episode concerning tea of Rikyu and military commander and men of well-cultivated tastes of the age of civil strife from ancient documents or letter. As the binding is beautiful, we will read this like reproduced thing.
Is extraordinary in culture of enclosure; is interested, and like what go on a trip in the world sad beautifully to look at in literature of Kesako Matsui and Keiichiro Ryu. We nurse delusions when we want to live as high-class prostitute if reborn (laugh). It will be only here at general bookstore that book about tayu of the best rank is like this from harlot. There is thing, too, and "red light district guides of the whole country" are restless. The neighbor is shunga section. We attract attention with ukiyoe print, but some courage is necessary to drag from shelf.
It is underground cosmetic floor that went aimlessly next. Now when is free than two pairs of straw sandals reasons, time of subeditor is busier. That's why it raising deteriorating skin by immediate effect to seek for skin care. It is brand that we report on spa of Pallas hotel "le Mu squirrel" of Paris before, and ability group skin care "Val mon" from Switzerland knows the superior effect, and it was to fan. Support of contemporary artist goes, too, and street Aristrist of Berlin, work "Sister" of ELLE bocho are displayed in "la maison Val mon".
We narrow down target to elasticity and translucency, five factor including fluffy feeling, and AWF5 series that we renewed in this autumn combines there ingredient with effect originally. Furthermore, groundbreaking line that each shows synergism each other and enhances effect. We have decline of elasticity tightens serious reason and introduce effective "V shape" line (V shape outlet rate \ 32,000.30 ml, cream \ 35,000.50 ml, all aibamu \ 25,000.15 ml ※ lower than + tax price). It is aibamu liquid cosmetics of texture which was smooth to heavy cream and to be unique. In gel-formed heavy texture, it stops with a whack when we touch in pita pita and eye at finger-tip and just remains. The corner of the eye is pita pita instantly in pin and nasolabial fold where we realize that we get nervous, and this is good. ageage.
In la maison Val mon, what can try Italian fragrance "Il Profumo" affiliated with independent oil company mentions specially. As tradition art of Italy says inspiration, we are fascinated by classical, beautiful bottle. However, flavor that shiruvana kasori born in Bologna deals with is extremely modern, and it is natural. Flavor that they like delicate Rose, and "Lysander" or "Romeo" of image sauce can use work of Shakespeare in daily. "Chocolate" and "ginger" of guruman origin seem to be good in the wine scene.
By the way, as editor is mole, own appearance is permitted in appropriateness (?) However, it is taboo that is too unconcerned about now when we stand in shop and serve customer. It is sought that we can see properly somehow or other…. In reliant thought to "shu uemura." Let's do something by base and make.
Pepper met with "what are you looking for?" at store and instructed item necessary for me. I to talk with quite seriously as pepper answers carefully….
Evolving perfect gem foundation "the light valve" series. Excellent base make only by Aristrist brand making shiny skin which is natural quickly by putting tap-tap with sponge of form such as gourd. Powerful the light valve fluid (all 13 colors of 30 ml/SPF25 PA+++ for each 5,200 yen) covers ARA well this year while granting shiny skin which is now-like glow. As we choose KOLOR with brightness not external color, it is unrelated to white float and is thankful for one realizing with skin properly of adult. If clean luster also touches gourd sponge with high density brush using what 189,000 hair lightly, it is in handsome impression and we are in Japanese dress and are perfect. By the way, that we were born from display window which form of this brush, artist of shu uemura saw in this Ginza.
We check new lip "mattoshupuria" of debut (all 15 colors of for each 3,200 yen) on October 1. We realize texture which is mat and vivid color development, and deep color improves a feeling of make. It is good to this feel of a material and chic hue footwear make. It is artistic that variation in color contains black.
Furthermore, lineup of Japanese wine is satisfying in spite of being selection of sake leaving in "Ginza in now" that we drop in by all means surprisingly, and the rare lineup does not forgive following of another store. Because we do not settle, and there is little amount of production, and distribution is limited that strong-willed will and Japanese small scale producers with feelings pick up on distribution route to, there are a lot of things which winery cannot actually purchase if we do not go. However, "rare thing which, phew, does not come!" thinks that to every time says in wonder that thing out of stock is available locally here and puts item of cult winery which only one one can buy. We seem to sell Shohei Okawa reason of manager who had you keep company, Japanese wine of 100 items. As Japanese winery number of houses is about 330 now, it is surprising number.
We discovered wine of Tomi-shi, Nagano visited by coverage recently and said on that day. "CycloVin yard" fitted "bonjuru farm" on the same side of famous winery of Tomi such as viradesutogadenandofamuwainari and ryudovan. Small farmhouse of mom and pop operation that all moved to Tomi from metropolitan area, and began grape cultivation. CycloVin yard starts construction of winery construction this year, and the company brewing is enabled from vintage of the next year, but makes wine with form called trust brewing bringing in grape now in both sides, winery of neighborhood. Of course production number is very few. As we just interviewed hot thought for wine structure, we are moved with having been able to come across wine that the thought was put again in Ginza.
One which is good for bura walk beats against corner. We can have tasting of 4-5 kinds of wine and sake every day in rotation in Ginza in now. Texture which dozed off that it is revealed that we waited for full ripeness well in land which is sparkling "nobo buryutto 2014" (1,000 yen) of secondary fermentation in bottle which Coco firm makes with Riesling Rion on that day, very charming "north wine Pinot Noir rose 2017" (￥700), coolness full of translucency samples unbearable "Fujisawa farm Yoichi Kellner 2015" (￥700) in triple. State is all good. It is blissful joy to be able to drink rare Japanese wine by visor glass.
"bonjuru farm kurakakenetsupino NOIR 2017" (3,340 yen) and "Shinshu takayama winery so vinyon buran 2016" (2,850 yen) that report, and were attracted by the pure taste are purchased by tightening. This seems to guess buyer sannoichi in item which is appukamingu with high attention degree, too. Further! We get super popular item of a certain winery which we were looking for (naki)! Anything is really found if we come to just like Wonderland, here of Japanese wine.
"bura walk" in GINZA SIX which arouses curiosity of dual worker, and suggests necessary thing. Steps to the way home are light today when it was good to come.
Text: Hiromi Tani Photos: Midori Yamashita Edit: Yuka Okada
I often go to Ginza for job-related research, announcements, tastings, and other events. I visit quite often on my own time, too. For years, I’ve gone monthly to the theater in Ginza. Sometimes I’ll meet people here for lunch or dinner. I visit quite often for various special occasions. Since GINZA SIX opened, these pilgrimages to Ginza have become even more varied. Based on the value I can find only here, I do research for articles, scout locations, and pick up things I routinely need. I often wear a kimono, garb for which the atmosphere here is especially welcoming. As someone who makes her living in the two spheres of wine and beauty—as a writer and sommelière—I find GINZA SIX meets both personal and professional needs.
For kabuki theater-going, I wear a tsumugi fabric kimono. A traditional Japanese mood maintains its grip as I start my wandering through GINZA SIX, after I take in a morning performance. First, I head to Ginza Tsutaya Books on the sixth floor. As you may know, the arts and design book section is extensive. Since I’m someone who is enthralled by aspects of the Edo culture, such as oiran courtesans, someone who never tires of reading books on the tea master Rikyu, I’m always quietly thrilled with the Yagura Japanese culture section.
There’s a special display right now featuring Hokusai, whose popularity in recent years has been global. It features the artist’s “Fine Wind, Clear Morning” print, commonly known as “Red Fuji,” from Hokusai’s Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji, along with a profusion of Hokusai books and products. The wine bar where I work recently hosted a talk on Hokusai, so I’m drawn to this particular display and pick up a Hokusai book. Some, of course, are filled with color plates: examples include famous pieces such as “Hokusai: The Ukiyo-e Master and His Disciples Who Captivated the World,” published by Unsodo, a specialist in woodblock printing, and “Learn More About: Katsushika Hokusai” published by Tokyo Bijutsu. That’s why I love this place.
Behind the Hokusai display are the tea ceremony books. There are how-to books, of course, but also a wide range of other books reflecting how the tea ceremony as an art form touches on architecture, art, food, textiles, and other arts. The tea ceremony is my life’s work, something I’ll continue doing wherever I happen to be or whatever else I’m doing. If I come across a study of Rikyu or novels depicting Rikyu and his circle, I cannot resist buying it. In a genre not necessarily known for an outpouring of new publications, Ijo Kumada’s “Tea Ceremony Tales” (Miyaobi Publishing) catches my eye. The volume collects anecdotes from ancient writings, letters, and other documents related to the tea ceremony and involving Rikyu, Warring States military commanders, and tea masters. The book is a lovely reissue, beautifully bound, and I resolve to read it.
I’m also interested in historical courtesan culture and love visiting the sad, beautiful worlds depicted in literary works by authors like Kesako Matsui and Keiichiro Ryu—to the point that I fantasize about being reborn as a courtesan. From harlots to high-ranking courtesans, only a major bookstore like this could stock so many titles on this particular aspect of history and culture. There’s also the “Nationwide Guide to Red Light Districts,” a volume that makes me restless. Right next to this is the erotica section, which now draws public attention like ukiyo-e, even if it takes some courage to pull a book down from the shelf.
I eventually find myself making my way to the belowground cosmetics floor. Since I work two jobs, I’m busier now as a freelancer than when I was as an in-house editor. What I want out of skincare these days is an instant, effective boost for my aging skin. Valmont is a Swiss brand of powerful skincare products. I became a fan while doing research on the spa at Le Meurice, a palace hotel in Paris, and learned about the remarkable efficacy of this brand. The brand also happens to support the arts and contemporary artists. La Maison VALMONT here displays a work, “Sister,” by the Berlin street artist El Bocho.
Updated this fall, the AWF5 series focuses on five factors, including elasticity, transparency, and fullness, and offers products composed of unique blends of efficacious ingredients. The innovation of this line lies in generating and harnessing the synergies among the various ingredients. My skin’s elasticity is apparently decreasing, so I’m shown the tightening V-Shape line (V-Shape Concentrate 32,000 yen, 30 ml; V-Shape Cream 35,000 yen, 50 ml; V-Shape Eye Balm 25,000 yen, 15 ml; all prices listed before tax). The Concentrate is a rich cream, but the texture is smooth and not sticky. The unique Eye Balm features a thick gel-like texture. When you dab it with a finger around the eyes, it stops and stays there. I feel the corners of my eyes instantly lift; it also tightens my laugh lines. All in all, it leaves me in higher spirits.
La Maison VALMONT, it should be noted, also lets you try IL PROFVMO, an independent Italian fragrance. Inspired by traditional Italian art, the beautiful bottle with its classic design is itself eye-catching. The fragrance, created by Bologna-born Silvana Casoli, is, by contrast, modern and nature-inspired as well. I love the delicate rose, too. Lysander and Romeo, inspired by Shakespeare’s plays, are fragrances for daily use. The gourmand series with Chocolat and Ginger would no doubt work for the wine scene.
Since editors generally work behind the scenes, I’ve tended to think a casual presentation is tolerable—or so one would hope!—but I also currently serve customers at a wine bar. Here, an indifference to one’s appearance is considered deplorable. Even if one falls short of perfection, an effort to look good is the norm. Hoping against hope, then, I head to Shu Uemura with the idea of getting some base and makeup.
Pepper, the robot, greets me at the entrance and asks: “Can I help you find something?”—then proceeds to tell me what I need. Pepper’s courtesy and attention are such that surprisingly, I find myself in earnest consultation.
The brand’s bestselling The Lightbulb foundation series continues to evolve. Apply a smooth layer with the gourd-shaped sponge to create naturally glistening skin—first-rate base makeup from an artist’s brand. Given a power boost this year, The Lightbulb Fluid (13 colors; 30 ml; SPF 25 PA+++; 5,200 yen each) brings out an in-fashion glow in your skin while effectively disguising blemishes. You can choose colors not just by hue, but by brightness. To my great satisfaction, this line neatly produces an adult-looking skin without giving too much whiteness. Applied with the gourd sponge, it produces a lovely gleam and glow; applying a smooth layer of foundation with the high-density brush (featuring 189,000 bristles) creates a look of austere refinement that goes perfectly with a kimono. Incidentally, the form of the brush was inspired by a display window seen in Ginza by a Shu Uemura artist.
I also check out a new lipstick, Matte Supreme (available in 15 colors; 3,200 yen each) and released October 1. The line features a matte texture and vivid colors, which somehow enhance the physical sensation of wearing lipstick. The texture and chic colors go perfectly with kimono makeup. The color variations include black—which, I may add, makes quite the artistic statement.
I drop by Imadeya Ginza, as I always do on my visits here. Imadeya Ginza offers an extensive lineup—astonishingly so—of Japanese wines, in addition to an assortment of sake. Its rare lineup is not found anywhere else. Strong-willed and particular, Japan’s small-batch producers can be reluctant to stoop to conventional sales channels. The volumes are small; availability is limited; and more than a few wines can’t be purchased without visiting the actual winery. But at Imadeya Ginza, you may come across products sold out locally or even wines from trendy wineries with purchases limited to one bottle per customer. Each time I visit, I find myself blurting out, “Wow! They have this one, too!” Store manager Shohei Okawa, who once again helps me today, says they stock around 100 Japanese wines. That’s astonishing, since all of Japan features about 330 wineries at this time.
Today, I blurt out my amazement on discovering wine from Tomi City, Nagano Prefecture, which I’d recently visited to do research for an article. Villa d’Est Gardenfarm and Winery and Rue de Vin are among the city’s best-known wineries, but I also came across Bonjourfarm and Cyclo Vineyards, small family vineyards both started by people who moved to Tomi from the Tokyo area and began cultivating grapes. Cyclo Vineyards began building a new winery this year and will begin fermenting in-house from next year’s vintage. Currently, both outsource fermentation to a neighboring winery. Production volumes, of course, are infinitesimal. I’ve just interviewed these two wineries about their passion for winemaking, so I’m thrilled to encounter the products of their devotion in Ginza.
When you’re simply wandering about, you can’t go wrong visiting a liquor store with an in-house bar. At Imadeya Ginza, you can sample four or five varieties of wine and sake, a selection that changes daily. Today, I try three: Novo Brut 2014 (1,000 yen), a sparkling wine produced with Riesling Lion grapes by in-the-bottle secondary fermentation at COCO Farm and Winery; Kita Wine Pinot Noir Rose 2017 (700 yen), a charming wine with uncluttered sensation on the palate; and Fujisawa Farm Yoichi Kerner 2015 (700 yen), which features an irresistible rich texture, from which one surmises the wine makers worked in a cold climate and patiently waited for the grapes to ripen fully. All were great. Drinking rare Japanese wines by the glass is a singular joy.
To top it all off, I purchase a bottle of Bonjourfarm Kurakake Netsu Rouge Pinot Noir 2017 (3,340 yen), whose pure flavor fascinated me while I was doing research on the winery, as well as a Shinshu Takayama Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (2,850 yen). The latter bottle is recommended by the buyer as an up-and-coming wine currently attracting a great deal of attention. But wait, there’s more! I stumble across an extremely popular wine from a winery I’d been looking for everywhere, a find that leaves me all but crying for joy! All in all, Imadeya Ginza is a Japanese wine wonderland where you’re likely to find just about anything and everything.
For someone with two different professions and professional focuses, wandering about GINZA SIX both piques my curiosity and provides suggestions for things I need. I’m glad I came today. I feel especially light on my feet as I make my way home.
Text：Hiromi Tani Photos：Midori Yamashita Edit：Yuka Okada
Freelance editor/writer and sommelière at Shibuya Wine Bar Lo-d. Worked as beauty editor for a fashion magazine before launching a freelance career in 2017. Writes articles, develops projects on wine and beauty, and stocks products, develops menus, and serves customers at the wine bar.GINZASIX_OFFICIAL Instagram